In March, a Chester woman was convicted of third-degree murder for a fatal car crash from Halloween 2012. Carol Hope Henry was found guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, two counts of each accidents involving death or personal injury, and DUI.
Henry, now 51, was involved in two car accidents that night, both just 1,060 feet apart. At the intersection of Seventh and Barclay streets, Henry hit a van and pickup truck on the opposite side of the street. She then backed out of the accident scene and sped away driving in the wrong lane. About a quarter of a mile down the road, her 2013 Ford F-150 collided with Arnette McEachin-Rice’s minivan at about 73 mph. McEachin-Rice’s minivan was thrown backward at 46 mph into other vehicles and she was ejected from the car. McEachin-Rice, 52, died from the blunt force impact of the collision.
According to Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Charles Burckhardt, Henry did not attempt to apply the brakes before driving into the victim. She also had a blood alcohol level of 0.203 percent, which officials say is equivalent to 7 drinks. In a recorded interview, Henry admitted to having 3 whiskey-and-Cokes that evening. In the interview, she claimed to have lost control of the car. She also failed to mention anything about the first accident that evening. Afterward, officials found nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle.
Henry’s sentencing is set for May 22. The murder charge carries a 3-year mandatory minimum. Until now, she has been driving and under electric home monitoring without incident.
For more information, read the article by the Delaware County Times.